Happy Birthday, Blaník!

A Legend Flies On!

March 22 of 2021 marks the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the Let L-13 Blaník glider, one of the most successful of post World War Two glider designs and one of the most successful of Czech aircraft.

Unique among gliders for its all metal structure, the Blaník has a reputation for toughness and durability that few other gliders can match. Such qualities made it very popular as a training aircraft for many years as it could survive novice mistakes like hard landings without needing extensive repair work before it could go back into the air again.

The Blaník has enjoyed wide popularity at home and abroad and has been exported to more than 40 countries.

Here’s a few pictures I took of a Let-13AC Blaník in action at Brno’s Medlánky airport recently: